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Last Modified: May 7, 2013
If mesothelioma is found in the lymph nodes, does that mean that it has spread?
AnswerKeith Cengel, MD, Radiation Oncologist at Penn Medicine, responds:
Having mesothelioma in the lymph nodes means the cancer has spread. If the lymph nodes are local (in the chest) this is different than if the nodes are elsewhere (e.g. the abdomen.) and can change the potential therapeutic options available.
Sep 22, 2010 - Outcomes for women with breast cancer with clinically negative lymph nodes who undergo sentinel-lymph-node surgery are clinically equivalent to outcomes for those who undergo the more invasive axillary-lymph-node dissection, according to a study published online Sept. 21 in The Lancet Oncology.
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